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UP TO SPEED | Two Months, One Page

China relaxes its one-child policy.

Researchers find that the United States emits 50 percent more of the potent greenhouse gas methane than previously thought.

President Obama orders that the U.S. government get 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, nearly triple the current amount.

The "polar vortex" delivers record-breaking arctic cold to much of the United States and is blamed for at least 21 deaths.

Seventeen inches of rain falls on Sardinia in 90 minutes.

Extreme weather and other disasters cost the world $200 billion in 2012, says the World Bank.

Freedom Industries spills the chemical 4-methylcyclohexene methanol, used to treat coal, into West Virginia's Elk River, contaminating drinking water for more than 300,000 people.

Donald Trump loses his fight to block a 103-turbine wind farm on the Scottish island of Shetland that would be visible from his new golf resort there.

Duke Energy is fined $1 million for the deaths of 14 golden eagles and many other protected birds at two of its wind farms in Wyoming.

The Interior Department will allow wind farms to kill a limited number of eagles, provided their owners take strict precautions to reduce bird collisions.

In an effort to combat climate change, the Norwegian Army will soon eat vegetarian one day a week.

The number of monarch butterflies migrating to Mexico plummets.

The western black rhinoceros is extinct.

A mysterious disease is wiping out starfish along the Pacific Coast.

Right whales fail to show up to their usual winter feeding grounds in the Bay of Fundy.

Canada asserts sovereignty over the North Pole. So does Russia.

The world's oldest creature, a 507-year-old clam, dies when researchers open it.

Astronomers calculate that there are at least 8.8 billion habitable planets in the Milky Way.

A Montana hunter mistakes a cross-country skier's pet malamute for a wolf and kills it..

A Laysan albatross named Wisdom, the oldest banded bird in the world, lays an egg at age 62. —Paul Rauber

Illustrations by Peter Arkle

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